God’s Renewing Word of Hope
John 19:16b-30: Jesus carries his cross to “The Place of the Skull” (called “Golgotha” in Hebrew) where he is crucified. Pilate has an inscription placed on the cross, and soldiers gamble for Jesus’s clothing. At the cross, Jesus speaks to his mother and to a beloved disciple. Jesus’s final words from the cross indicate that he has completed the work God had given him to do.
17He went out, carrying his cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Golgotha.”) 18There they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus between them. 19Pilate wrote a notice and had it put on the cross. “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews,” is what he wrote. 20Many people read it, because the place where Jesus was crucified was not far from the city. The notice was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21The chief priests said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am the King of the Jews.’”
22Pilate answered, “What I have written stays written.”
23After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier. They also took the robe, which was made of one piece of woven cloth without any seams in it. 24 The soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it; let’s throw dice to see who will get it.” This happened in order to make the scripture come true:
“They divided my clothes among themselves
and gambled for my robe.”
And this is what the soldiers did.
25Standing close to Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son.”
27Then he said to the disciple, “She is your mother.” From that time the disciple took her to live in his home.
The Death of Jesus
(Matthew 27.45-56; Mark 15.33-41; Luke 23.44-49)
28 Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed; and in order to make the scripture come true, he said, “I am thirsty.”
29A bowl was there, full of cheap wine; so a sponge was soaked in the wine, put on a stalk of hyssop, and lifted up to his lips. 30Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!”
Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Today’s Key Verse: John 19:30
Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
What was the inscription Pilate put on the cross? Why did the chief priests object to what Pilate had written? What did Jesus say to his mother and to the disciple he loved (verses 25, 26)? In what ways does your community of faith care for others through works of love?
Holy Jesus, as I reflect on your suffering and death, I am mindful of your great love for me. You are my King and Savior, and I will praise you forevermore. Amen.
John 19:31-40: Jesus is buried.